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It can be helpful to remember that humans are not inherently designed for exceptional efficiency. Instead, our true nature lies in building connections and fostering relationships with one another, where effectiveness takes precedence over efficiency. Cultivating a consistent and intentional meditation practice that engages us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually helps establish a conscious connection with our authentic humanity. This inward connection enables us to achieve remarkable depth, which in turn allows for greater effectiveness.


Being overly focused on grind culture, to-do lists, and hyper-efficiency can often lay the groundwork for future burnout. This focus may come at the cost of self-care, self-esteem, and the unique qualities that make us human, ultimately hindering our ability to experience sustainable happiness.


Incorporating Zen practice in its various forms can further enhance our ability to connect with ourselves and others. Through meditation, we can learn to experience, process, assimilate, and integrate our thoughts and emotions in a healthy manner, preventing the accumulation of unresolved "baggage." This mindfulness practice allows us to embrace ourselves holistically, ensuring that we do not leave any part of ourselves behind. In this way, we lead more fulfilling lives deeply rooted in our personal and shared humanity.

Rev. Mudo Seiho Morris


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